A quartet of locals were recognized this weekend as they were named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association all-state teams. The county had a pair of second-team selections and two third-team selections.
Edgewood Academy junior guard Robert Stewart and Elmore County senior Madison Traylor were both named to their respective second team.
Stewart had a last-season offensive surge, helping the Wildcats to the AISA Class AA title. The 5-foot-11 junior averaged 11.6 points per game over 27 games but pushed it to 15.3 in the last seven games and was selected the AISA State Tournament’s MVP.
Stewart made 43 3-pointers during the season and added 5.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
Traylor was named to the Class 4A second team after finished with 16.5 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. She finished with 17 double-doubles. In her senior year, she set career highs in points, rebounds and steals and had her best game against Booker T. Washington in the area tournament with 27 points and 16 rebounds to send ECHS to the sub-regionals for the sixth consecutive season.
Earning spots on the third team were Tallassee’s Tyrek Turner and Holtville’s Drake Baker in Class 5A and 4A, respectively.
Turner averaged 13.2 points, 12.2 rebounds and 4.5 blocks while playing in all 30 games during the Tigers’ run to the sub-regionals. Turner recorded 18 double-doubles and enjoyed his best game of the season in the first round of the Elmore County Tournament with 25 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks in a win over Stanhope Elmore.
Baker was named to the 4A third team after coming back from preseason elbow surgery to average 17.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. He led the Bulldogs to 10-plus wins for the third consecutive season and added 2.7 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.2 blocks per game.
You can find the full ASWA All-State teams here.